Activities

Building a Grape Smasher

In this activity, participants design a small machine that when put into action will successfully smash a grape.
Time: 
1 hour
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Design your Own Rube Goldberg Machine

In this activity, participants create a crazy contraption that can perform a task using a variety of materials.
Time: 
45 minutes

Extracting DNA

In this activity, participants extract DNA from fruits and vegetables
Time: 
1 hour
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Explore Your Habitat

In this activity, youth explore their environment and learn about plants, animals, and other living things in their local habitat.
Time: 
1 hour, 30 minutes
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Diet Coke and Mento's Activity

In this activity, participants learn the difference between chemical and physical reactions, surface tension, gas formations, and the effects of gas pressure.
Time: 
30 minutes
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Design and Test Foil Boats

In this activity, participants work together to collaborate on a design for a structure that will float. When additional weight is added, teams go back to the drawing board to see if they can re-design their structure to hold more weight.
Time: 
1 hour
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4-H Eco-Bot Challenge

In the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, a challenge developed for the 2012 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD), participants build and test an autonomous robot, called an Eco-Bot, to clean up a simulated environmental spill. Visit the 4-H Mall to purchase Eco-Bot Challenge Kits.
Time: 
1 hour, 30 minutes

Paper Tables

In this activity, participants will design and build a table out of newspaper tubes. The tables must be at least 8 inches tall and strong enough to hold a heavy book.
Time: 
30 minutes
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Fanning the Flames

In this activity developed by Techbridge, participants explore some of the challenges related to cooking meals in regions where electric or gas stoves are scarce. They learn about potential problems (such as respiratory diseases) with using open fires for cooking. Then, youth design and build their own stove.
Time: 
1 hour, 30 minutes
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Water Filter

In this activity developed by Techbridge, participants practice the engineering design process by developing a functioning water filter.
Time: 
1 hour, 30 minutes
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